George N. M.

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About George N. M.

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    Laramie, Wyoming
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    Blacksmthing, camping, hiking, historical reenactment

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  1. This seems to best fit under miscellaneous and "Everything Else." On a lighter topic than how we are dealing with the current Covid-19 crisis I am wondering what sort of music people listen to when they are working in the shop, if you do listen to music. As background regarding my tastes in shop music I have a theory that a person's music tastes are formed when they are in early adolescence. What ever is popular then is what a person will tend towards throughout their life. Also, if there is music in the home about that time of a person's life. For me, I was at that impressionable age in the late '50s and early '60s when the folk music revival was popular. Also, I grew up in Chicago and was "enriched" by youth concerts given by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. So, I usually play folk music, particularly celtic, and classical music when I am working in the shop. I am sure that others who have music on when they are in the shop will prefer everything from real head banging heavy metal (appropriate) to Gregorian chants to hymns to Frank Sinatra. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  2. To follow up on TP's comments, most states have very broad public health statutes which allow various authorities to close businesses and public gatherings and, sometimes, to quarantine persons or premises if necessary to protect the public health. Many of these laws date to the 1918-20 influenza pandemic or various measles, etc. epidemics of the first part of the 20th century. Gunnison, CO basically barricaded the town in 1918 and anyone who arrived by train or otherwise had to be quarantined. If they refused they were quarantined in the county jail. No deaths from the 'flu in Gunnison. Stay safe, take reasonable measures, keep social distance, wash your hands, but remember that this is not the Black Death. GNM
  3. Ohio: It's "Sum R N, sum R out." G.
  4. My favorite Arkansas story comes from my wife whose late husband at one time was a pastor in Arkansas. A parishoner told them that people from Arkansas were very economical with their language, eliminating words whenever possible and using just letters. Example when waterfowl hunting in that state: "R M ducks?" "S, M R ducks." "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  5. Yesterday and today my son and I mounted my Caneday-Otto #2 post drill and installed a chimney for my forge. I let my son do all the work on the roof on the theory that he is nimbler than I and heals faster. Also, I got him to lift the drill press while I put the lag bolts in. It was really nice to have him here from the Univ. of N. Dakota for a few days for both the company and the help he could give me. there are just some things you can't do by yourself. Tomorrow we are supposed to be hit with a good, old fashioned Wyoming spring blizzard. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand"
  6. Dear Nobody, According to the original article they are glass and enamel. Garnets were used much less during the Roman Era than they were later. I have a dim memory that gem quality deposits in middle Europe started being mined during the early middle ages. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  7. Good perspective in the police link above. The media and a lot of people seem to think that this is the Black Death or ebola. It isn't. The only problem I am seeing is that we are having difficulty finding TP for normal use. I guess I stopped expecting people to be rational a long time ago. sigh.
  8. You can't spell pandemic without panic. Crazy people who are being irrational and trying to feel like they have some control of a situation. When people feel that they are out of control of something in their lives they will compensate by doing something that they feel gives them some control, even if it is only slightly related to what is really going on. I wish people would realize that Covid 19 is not the Black Death or Ebola. Yes, if you get it the probability of death is somewhat higher than seasonal flu but it is still a very small percentage. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  9. Dear CGL, I thought you might be interested since you do a lot of equine related things. G
  10. Dear Nikko, The imperfections I see on the anvil face appear to be from the impacts of hammers. So, if you are not working on it it will not be further marred. However, if it is in a damp environment you might want to put a coat of oil on it to prevent any rusting. Any kind of oil will do but vegetable oil or motor oil will remain greasy and pick up dust and dirt. A drying oil like linseed will dry out and not give that problem. Just be careful with the rag you use with linseed oil, don't wad it up somewhere. When linseed oil dries it is a exothermic reaction (produces heat) and under the right circumstances can cause spontaneous combustion. Just leave it hung out to dry somewhere like it was wet washing and you'll be fine. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  11. It has been my observation that there are lots of folk who have craft or profession, medicine, law, plumbing, black smithing, mechanic, engineering, carpentry, etc,. who think they can better their financial position by striking out on their own and hanging out their own shingle. They see their boss or company charging $X for their time but they are only being paid $Y which is only a fraction of $X. Unfortunately, while they may be excellent at their profession or craft they are not very good at running a business which take a whole different tool box of skills than their profession or craft. They are now dealing with expenses and head aches of running a business. And if they hire someone to help them they are now a boss with all the paperwork and hassle that being an employer entails. Even if they are successful they often find that most of their time is occupied with running the business rather than doing the profession or craft that they love doing. Very often they go back to being an employee because they get to do what they love and are good at and leave the business head aches to the boss or company. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  12. Dear all, Here is a link to an article about a Roman horse form brooch recently found in the UK. It is a cast rather than forged object but I though the treatment of the head of the horse was interesting. Horse ears are something that is difficult to represent when forging. On the brooch it looks like the interior of the ear was formed by a punch on the master (possibly wax) before casting and then the outside of the ears were formed from the metal upset by the punching of the ear interior. I will want to experiment with this technique to see how it works forging. It will mean making a specific punch for the interior of the ears. Maybe I need to practice in clay or wax first. In any case, I found this object very cool and interesting. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  13. Dear Billy, If your Dad hasn't applied he is due a disability pension from the VA for exposure to Agent Orange in Viet Nam. I know, I am in that boat. I have Type II diabetes, served in Viet Nam, and am considered 50% disabled and receive, IIRC, about $1300/month. It may even be legitimate because I was in areas which had been sprayed with Agent Orange but my father was a Type II diabetic. So, it could be genetic, too. Or, it could be some of each. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  14. Dear CGL, The way I have generally priced my work is to time myself to see how long it takes me to make something and then multiply by what I think my time is worth given my experience skill, and knowledge as a smith. For years I have charged about $60/hour and I believe that Jennifer of JPL Services has mentioned charging $100+/hour but she is also a much better smith than I am and is almost certainly faster. When setting your hourly rate remember that you have an unusual skill that most people do not and that you can do things they cannot. This justifies an hourly rate higher than you might think. Consider what skilled crafts people such as mechanics and plumbers charge for their time. The local plumber we use charges $71/hour. It took me awhile practicing in front of a mirror to say it with a straight face but I normally charge $150/hour for my time as an attorney which is on the low end for this area. I justify it by realizing that this represents 3 years of law school and 33 years of experience. So, do not sell yourself short when figuring what your time is worth. Don't do a job that only pays you minimum wage. From what I've seen of your work you are a decent journeyman smith in my opinion. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  15. Dear Mark, You may or may not be aware of the poem "Invictus" by William Henley. At one time it was required memorization in schools. Because of it I like Invictus better than Invicta. Invictus By William Ernest Henley Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years Finds and shall find me unafraid. It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul. I like the idea behind the Petal and Pony but I'm afraid that it sounds too twee by half. I'd just go with the Rose and Horse. It is stronger name to go with ironwork. Or you could drop the and so that you'd have the proverbial horse of a different color. In any case the name only has to please you. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."